Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison is a little creepy, which Portland Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam can attest to.
Before Oklahoma City’s Monday night matchup with Portland, Olzendam was standing courtside preparing to go on camera when Rumble snuck up behind her. With Rumble standing over her shoulder for a few seconds, Olzendam eventually caught a glimpse of the giant bison and took off in fear. Rumble, meanwhile, pranced away in the other direction.
— :$ (@leaguetalk35) December 20, 2022
Despite her apparent surprise when Rumble snuck up behind her, Olzendam teased that she was anticipating a potential encounter with the Thunder mascot. Sunday night, Olzendam tweeted a chummy picture next to Rumble with the caption, “Ran into my nemesis, tonight. He told me I should be scared tomorrow night…Well, his eyes did.”
Ran into my nemesis, tonight. He told me I should be scared tomorrow night…
Well, his eyes did. pic.twitter.com/jwfaCCX08c
— Brooke Olzendam (@brookeolzendam) December 19, 2022
Olzendam was on the lookout for a potential encounter because this wasn’t the first time the sideline reporter was scared by Rumble. The Thunder mascot did something similar to the reporter when she and the Trail Blazers were visiting Oklahoma City a few years ago.
— Rumble the Bison (@rumblethebison) March 23, 2019
imagine if this was king cake baby pic.twitter.com/7nDUbvaVCg
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) March 15, 2017
Despite the long running rivalry, and seemingly obvious prearranged bit, there was something the Trail Blazers didn’t like about Rumble’s creepy encounter with Olzendam Monday night, because after posting the video on social media, the team deleted the tweet early Tuesday morning.